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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2497038
(54) English Title: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING POWER AMPLIFIER EFFICIENCY IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS HAVING HIGH PEAK TO AVERAGE POWER RATIOS
(54) French Title: METHODE ET APPAREIL POUR AMELIORER LE RENDEMENT DE L'AMPLIFICATEUR DE PUISSANCE DANS DES SYSTEMES DE COMMUNICATION SANS FIL AYANT DES RAPPORTS PUISSANCE DE CRETE/PUISSANCE MOYENNEELEVES
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H04W 52/52 (2009.01)
  • H03F 1/02 (2006.01)
  • H03G 3/30 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • CHAN, WEN-YEN M. (Canada)
  • KHAN, NASSERULLAH (Canada)
  • JIAO, QINGZHONG (Canada)
  • JIN, XIN (Canada)
  • SANGARY, NAGULA THARMA (Canada)
  • HABICHER, MICHAEL FRANZ (Canada)
(73) Owners :
  • RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED (Canada)
(71) Applicants :
  • RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED (Canada)
(74) Agent: NA
(74) Associate agent: NA
(45) Issued: 2010-06-01
(22) Filed Date: 2005-02-15
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2005-08-20
Examination requested: 2005-02-15
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
04003949.7 European Patent Office (EPO) 2004-02-20

English Abstract

A power management system and method for a wireless communication device generates an average desired transmit power signal based on at least one of a received signal strength indicator signal and a power control instruction signal from a base station. A power supply level adjustment signal is generated based on the data parameters of an outgoing data stream and at least one environmental information signal. A combination of the power supply level adjustment signal and the average desired transmit power or a gain control signal and an altered version of the power supply level adjustment signal is used to generate a variable power supply signal that is provided to an output amplifier block for sufficiently generating outgoing wireless device radio signals while reducing power loss in the output amplifier block.


French Abstract

Un système et une méthode de gestion de puissance pour dispositif de communication sans fil permettent de générer un signal de puissance de transmission moyen voulu basé sur au moins un signal d'indicateur de puissance de signal reçu et sur un signal d'instruction de commande de puissance émis par une station de base. Un signal de réglage de niveau d'alimentation est généré en fonction des paramètres de données d'un train de données sortant et d'au moins un signal d'information environnemental. Une combinaison du signal de réglage du niveau d'alimentation et de la puissance de transmission moyenne voulue ou d'un signal de commande de gain et d'une version modifiée du signal de réglage du niveau d'alimentation est utilisée pour générer un signal d'alimentation variable qui est envoyé à un bloc d'amplification de sortie pour générer suffisamment de signaux radio sortant d'un dispositif sans fil tout en réduisant la perte de puissance dans le bloc d'amplification de sortie.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.



Claims

1. A power management system for providing a variable power supply signal to
an
output power amplifier block in a wireless communication device, the power
management
system comprising:
an average power and gain control block for providing a gain control signal in

response to at least one of a power control instruction signal and a received
signal
strength indicator signal and providing the gain control signal to the output
power
amplifier block;
an environmental sensor unit for providing at least one environmental
information
signal;
a power supply level adjustment generator connected to the environmental
sensor
unit for providing an altered version of a power supply level adjustment
signal in
response to a data parameter indication of a baseband outgoing data stream to
be
transmitted by the wireless communication device and the at least one
environmental information signal; and,
a power supply means connected to the average power and gain control block and

the power supply level adjustment generator, the power supply means provides
the
variable power supply signal to the output power amplifier block by providing
a first
power control signal based on the gain control signal and the altered version
of the
power supply level adjustment signal, clipping the first power control signal
to
provide a second power control signal and generating the variable power supply

signal based on the second power control signal,
wherein, the gain control signal is adapted for applying gain to a
transmission signal
version of the baseband outgoing data stream and the altered version of the
power supply
level-adjustment signal is adapted for providing a small amount of headroom to
efficiently
provide power to transmit the transmission signal.


2. The power management system of claim 1, wherein positive and negative
saturation
values and slope used in clipping are adjusted based on the at least one
environment
signal and the altered version of the gain control signal.


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3. The power management system of any one of claims 1 to 2, wherein the
average
power and gain control block provides and altered version of the gain control
signal and the
power supply means comprises:
a summer connected to the average power and gain control block and the power
supply level adjustment generator for summing the gain control signal and the
altered version of the power supply level adjustment signal
to generate the first power control signal;
a clipper connected to the summer for receiving the first power control signal
and
generating the second power control signal;
a switch converter connected to the clipper for receiving the second power
control
signal and generating the variable power supply signal; and,
a reverse mapper connected to the power supply level adjustment generator and
the
average power and gain control block for receiving an environmental signal and
the
altered version of the gain control signal respectively and generating a
clipper
adjustment signal, the reverse mapper also being connected to the clipper for
providing the clipper adjustment signal to the clipper for adjusting the
positive and
negative saturation values and slope of the clipper.


4. The power management system of any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the
environmental sensor unit comprises any one or a combination of:
a temperature sensor for providing a temperature information signal as part of
the at
least one environmental information signal, the temperature information signal
being
related to the temperature of the hardware of the wireless communications
device;
and,
a battery condition sensor for providing a battery condition information
signal as part
of the at least one environmental information signal, the battery condition
information
signal being related to a battery used to power the wireless communication
device.


5. The power management system of any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the at
least one
environmental information signal comprises a frequency information signal
related to the

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frequency at which the baseband outgoing data stream will be transmitted.


6. The power management system of any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the power
supply means is configured to maintain the variable power supply signal above
a minimum
voltage level.


7. The power management system of any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein the power
supply level adjustment generator is implemented by a plurality of look-up
tables, wherein
one look-up table is provided for each environmental information signal and
the data
parameter indication, and the outputs of each look-up table are combined to
generate the
altered version of the power supply level adjustment signal.


8. The power management system of claim 7, wherein at least one of the look-up

tables is implemented by a corresponding formula.


9. The power management system of any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein the system

further comprises a data parameter detector connected to the power supply
level
adjustment generator and a baseband device of the wireless communications
device,
wherein the data parameter detector provides the data parameter indication.


10. The power management system of claim 1, wherein the power supply means is
calibrated by:
i) transmitting the wireless device radio signals at a constant power level
from the
wireless communication device while monitoring an Adjacent Channel Power Ratio

(ACPR);
ii) reducing the magnitude of the variable power supply signal while
maintaining
constant output power in the wireless device radio signals;
iii) recording the magnitude of the variable power supply signal when the ACPR
has
increased to a pre-specified design target;
iv) increasing the output power of the wireless device radio signals and
repeating
steps (i) to (iii) for several output power levels; and,


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v) computing an ideal transfer function for deriving the power control signal
for
controlling the switch converter.


11. The power management system of claim 10, wherein the power supply means is

further calibrated by:
repeating steps (i) to (v) for several different wireless communication
devices to
obtain an average transfer function; and,
performing curve fitting on the average transfer function.


12. The power management system of claim 10, wherein the power supply level
adjustment generator is calibrated by:
viii) loading the power supply level adjustment generator with a value which
causes
the output power amplifier block to operate at a lowest transmission power
point;
ix) calibrating the transmission power until the
output power of the output power amplifier block slightly exceeds a target
power
determined for a power supply voltage level;
x) interpolating the output value of the average power level block and loading
this
interpolated output value, after adjustment by a reverse mapper, into the
power
supply level adjustment generator;
xi) adjusting the transmission power level to a value slightly below the
target power;
and,
xii) increasing the value of the transmission power level and repeating steps
(viii) to
(xi) until a maximum specified transmission power point is reached.


13. A method of supplying a variable power supply signal to an output power
amplifier
block in a wireless communications device that receives an incoming data
stream from a
base station radio signal and transmits an outgoing data stream in a wireless
device radio
signal, the method comprising:
a) detecting at least one of a signal strength of the base station radio
signal to
produce a received signal strength indicator signal, and a power control
instruction
signal in the base station radio signal;


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b) generating as an output a gain control signal in response to at least one
of the
received signal strength indicator signal and the power control instruction
signal;
c) generating at least one environmental information signal for obtaining
information
about the environment of the wireless communications device;
d) generating an altered version of a power supply level adjustment signal
based on
a data parameter indication of a baseband outgoing data stream and the at
least one
environmental information signal;
e) providing a first power control signal based on the gain control signal and
the
altered version of the power supply level adjustment signal, clipping the
first power
control signal to provide a second power control signal, and generating the
variable
power supply signal based on the second power control signal; and,
f) providing the variable power supply signal and the gain control signal to
the output
power amplifier block.
wherein, the gain control signal is adapted for applying gain to a
transmission signal
version of the baseband outgoing data stream and the altered version of the
power supply
level adjustment signal is adapted for providing a small amount of headroom to
efficiently
provide power to transmit the transmission signal.


14. The method of claim 13, wherein (e) comprises adding the altered version
of the
power supply level adjustment signal and the gain control signal to provide
the first power
control signal, the altered version of the power supply level adjustment
signal being
generated based on the derivation of the gain control signal.


15. The method of claim 14, wherein (e) comprises generating an altered
version of the
gain control signal and providing a clipper adjustment signal to adjust
positive and negative
saturation values and slope used in clipping, the clipper adjustment signal
being generated
in response to a combination of the at least one environmental information
signal and the
altered version of the gain control signal.


16. The method of any one of claims 13 to 15, wherein (c) comprises at least
one of:
generating a temperature information signal related to the temperature of the

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hardware of the wireless communications device and providing the temperature
information signal as part of the at least one environmental information
signal;
generating a battery condition information signal, related to a battery used
to power
the wireless communications device and providing the battery condition
information
signal as part of the at least one environmental information signal; and,
generating a frequency information signal related to the frequency at which
the
outgoing data stream is transmitted and providing the frequency information
signal
as part of the at least one environmental information signal.


17. The method of any one of claims 13 to 16, wherein the method further
comprises
maintaining the variable power supply signal above a minimum voltage level.


18. A wireless communications device comprising the power management system of

any of claims 1 to 12.


19. A computer readable medium comprising code means executable by a processor
of
the device of claim 18 for implementing the method of any one of claims 13 to
17.


20. A method of calibrating a power management system for a wireless
communication
device having an output power amplifier block, wherein the power management
system
comprises a summer configured to sum a gain control signal and an altered
version of a
power supply level adjustment signal to generate a first power control signal,
a clipper
configured to receive the first power control signal and generate a second
power control
signal and a switch converter configured to provide a variable power supply
signal to the
output power amplifier block in response to the second power control signal,
wherein the
gain control signal is based on at least one of a power control instruction
signal and a
received signal strength indicator signal received by the wireless
communication device,
the power supply level adjustment signal is based on a baseband outgoing data
stream to
be transmitted by the wireless communication device and at least one
environmental
information signal related to the wireless communication device, and wherein
the method
comprises:


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(i) transmitting wireless device radio signals at a constant power level from
the
wireless communication device while monitoring an Adjacent Channel Power Ratio

(ACPR);
(ii) reducing the magnitude of the variable power supply signal while
maintaining
constant output power in the wireless device radio signals;
(iii) recording the magnitude of the variable power supply signal when the
ACPR has
increased to a pre-specified design target;
(iv) increasing the output power of the wireless device radio signals and
repeating
steps (i) to (iii) for several output power levels; and,
(v) computing an ideal transfer function for deriving the power control signal
for
controlling the switch converter.


21. The method of claim 20, wherein the method further comprises calibrating
the power
management system by:
(vi) repeating steps (i) to (v) for several different wireless communication
devices to
obtain an average transfer function; and,
(vii) performing curve fitting on the average transfer function.


22. The method of claim 20, wherein the power management system further
comprises an
average power and gain control block configured to provide a gain control
signal to the
output power amplifier block and the summer, and a power supply level
adjustment
generator configured to provide a power supply level adjustment signal to the
summer and
wherein the method further comprises:
(viii) loading the power supply level adjustment generator with a value which
causes
the output power amplifier block to operate at a lowest transmission power
point;
(ix) calibrating transmission power level until the output power of the output
power
amplifier block slightly exceeds a target power determined for a power supply
voltage
level;
(x) interpolating the output value of the average power and gain control block
and
loading this interpolated output value, after adjustment by a reverse mapper,
into the
power supply level adjustment generator;


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(xi) adjusting the transmission power level to a value slightly below the
target power;
and,
(xii) increasing the value of the transmission power level and repeating steps
(viii) to
(xi) until a maximum specified transmission power point is reached.


23. A power management system for powering an output power amplifier block in
a
wireless communication device, the power management system comprising:
an average power and gain control block configured to provide a single gain
control
signal to control gain in the output power amplifier block, the single gain
control
signal being based on at least one of a power control instruction signal and a

received signal strength indicator signal;
an environmental sensor unit configured to provide at least one environmental
information signal related to the wireless communication device; and
a power supply level adjustment generator configured to provide a power supply

level adjustment signal based on a baseband outgoing data stream to be
transmitted
by the wireless communication device and the at least one environmental
information signal;
a summer configured to sum the single gain control signal and an altered
version of
the power supply level adjustment signal to generate a first power control
signal;
a clipper configured to receive the first power control signal and generate a
second
power control signal; and
a switch converter configured to receive the second power control signal and
generate the single variable power supply signal;
wherein the power management system is configured to provide a single variable

power supply signal to the output power amplifier block, the single variable
power
supply signal being based on information related to the single gain control
signal, the
power supply level adjustment signal and the at least one environmental
information
signal.


24. The power management system of claim 23, wherein the at least one
environmental
information signal comprises at least one of:


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a temperature information signal related to hardware temperature in the
wireless
communication device;
a battery condition information signal related to a battery used to power the
wireless
communication device; and
a frequency information signal related to transmission frequency of the
baseband
outgoing data stream.


25. The power management system of claim 23 or claim 24, wherein the power
management system is configured to maintain the single variable power supply
signal
above a minimum voltage level.


26. The power management system of any one of claims 23 to 25, wherein the
power
supply level adjustment generator is implemented by a plurality of look-up
tables, wherein
one look-up table is provided for each environmental information signal and
the data
parameter indication, and the outputs of each look-up table are combined to
generate the
power supply level adjustment signal.


27. The power management system of any one of claims 23 to 26, wherein the
power
management system further comprises a reverse mapper configured to generate
and
provide a clipper adjustment signal to adjust at least one of positive and
negative saturation
values and slope of the clipper to adjust performance of the clipper, the
clipper adjustment
signal being based on environmental information and an altered version of the
single gain
control signal.


28. The power management system of claim 27, wherein adjustment of the clipper
occurs
at a slower rate compared to rate of change in the altered version of the
power supply level
adjustment signal.


29. The power management system of claim 27 or claim 28, wherein adjustment of
the
clipper occurs due to changes in the environmental information.


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30. A method of providing power to an output power amplifier block in a
wireless
communication device, the method comprising:
generating a single gain control signal to control gain in the output power
amplifier
block, the single gain control signal being based on at least one of a power
control
instruction signal and a received signal strength indicator signal;
generating at least one environmental information signal related to the
wireless
communication device;
generating a power supply level adjustment signal based on a baseband outgoing

data stream to be transmitted by the wireless communication device and the at
least
one environmental information signal; and
generating and providing a single variable power supply signal to the output
power
amplifier block, the single variable power supply signal being based on
information
related to the single gain control signal, the power supply level adjustment
signal
and the at least one environmental information signal;
wherein generating the single variable power supply signal comprises
summing the single gain control signal and an altered version of the power
supply
level adjustment signal to generate a first power control signal,
passing the first power control signal through a clipper to generate a second
power
control signal, and
converting the second power control signal with a switch converter to generate
the
single variable power supply signal.


31. The method of claim 30, wherein generating the at least one environmental
signal
comprises at least one of:
generating a temperature information signal related to hardware temperature in
the
wireless communication device;
generating a battery condition information signal related to a battery used to
power
the wireless communication device; and
generating a frequency information signal related to transmission frequency of
the
baseband outgoing data stream.


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32. The method of claim 30 or claim 31, wherein generating the second power
control
signal comprises providing a clipper adjustment signal to adjust clipping
parameters to
adjust performance of the clipper, the clipping parameters including at least
one of positive
and negative saturation values and slope, the clipper adjustment signal being
generated
based on environmental information and an altered version of the single gain
control signal.

33. The method of claim 32, wherein the method further comprises adjusting the
clipper
parameters at a slower rate compared to rate of change in the altered version
of the power
supply level adjustment signal.


34. The method of claim 32 or claim 33, wherein the method further comprises
adjusting
the clipper parameters due to changes in the environmental information.


35. The method of any one of claims 30 to 34, wherein the method further
comprises
maintaining the single variable power supply signal above a minimum voltage
level.


36. A wireless communication device comprising an output power amplifier block
and a
power management system configured to provide power supply and gain control to
the
output power amplifier block, wherein the power management system comprises:
an average power and gain control block configured to provide a single gain
control
signal to control gain in the output power amplifier block, the single gain
control signal
being based on at least one of a power control instruction signal and a
received signal
strength indicator signal;
an environmental sensor unit configured to provide at least one environmental
information signal related to the wireless communication device;
a power supply level adjustment generator configured to provide a power supply

level adjustment signal based on a baseband outgoing data stream to be
transmitted by the
wireless communication device and the at least one environmental information
signal;
a summer configured to sum the single gain control signal and an altered
version of
the power supply level adjustment signal to generate a first power control
signal;


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a clipper configured to receive the first power control signal and generate a
second
power control signal; and
a switch converter configured to receive the second power control signal and
generate the single variable power supply signal;
wherein the power management system is configured to provide a single variable

power supply signal to the output power amplifier block, the single variable
power supply
signal being based on information related to the single gain control signal,
the power supply
level adjustment signal and the at least one environmental information signal.


37. The wireless communication device of claim 36, wherein the wireless
communication
device further comprises:
a baseband device configured to generate a baseband outgoing data stream;
an up-conversion block configured to convert the baseband outgoing data stream

into an analog output signal; and
a data buffer configured to introduce a delay to the analog output signal and
provide
the delayed analog output signal to the output power amplifier block, the
delay being based
on delay introduced by elements of the power management system to synchronize
power
supply and transmission of data in the output power amplifier block.


38. A power management system for powering an output power amplifier block in
a
wireless communication device, the power management system comprising:
a summer configured to sum a gain control signal and an altered version of a
power
supply level adjustment signal to generate a first power control signal;
a clipper configured to receive the first power control signal and generate a
second
power control signal; and
a switch converter configured to receive the second power control signal and
generate the single variable power supply signal,
wherein the gain control signal is based on at least one of a power control
instruction
signal and a received signal strength indicator signal received by the
wireless
communication device, the power supply level adjustment signal is based on a
baseband outgoing data stream to be transmitted by the wireless communication

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device and at least one environmental information signal related to the
wireless
communication device.


39. The power management system of claim 38, wherein the power management
system
further comprises a reverse mapper configured to generate and provide a
clipper
adjustment signal to adjust at least one of positive and negative saturation
values and
slope of the clipper to adjust performance of the clipper, the clipper
adjustment signal being
based on environmental information from the at least one environmental signal
and an
altered version of the gain control signal.


40. A power management system for powering an output power amplifier block in
a
wireless communication device, the power management system comprising:
an average power and gain control block configured to provide a single gain
control
signal to control gain in the output power amplifier block, the single gain
control
signal being based on at least one of a power control instruction signal and a

received signal strength indicator signal;
an environmental sensor unit configured to provide at least one environmental
information signal related to the wireless communication device; and
a power supply level adjustment generator configured to provide a power supply

level adjustment signal based on a baseband outgoing data stream to be
transmitted
by the wireless communication device and the at least one environmental
information signal;
wherein the power management system is configured to provide a single variable

power supply signal to the output power amplifier block, the single variable
power
supply signal being based on information related to the single gain control
signal, the
power supply level adjustment signal and the at least one environmental
information
signal; and
wherein the power supply level adjustment generator is implemented by a
plurality of
look-up tables, wherein one look-up table is provided for each environmental
information signal and the data parameter indication, and the outputs of each
look-
up table are combined to generate the power supply level adjustment signal.


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41. The power management system of claim 40, wherein the at least one
environmental
information signal comprises at least one of:
a temperature information signal related to hardware temperature in the
wireless
communication device;
a battery condition information signal related to a battery used to power the
wireless
communication device; and
a frequency information signal related to transmission frequency of the
baseband
outgoing data stream.


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Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


CA 02497038 2005-02-15

Title: Method and Apparatus for Improving Power Amplifier Efficiency in
Wireless
Communication Systems Having High Peak to Average Power Ratios

Field of the Invention

[0001] This invention relates to wireless communication devices. More
particularly, it relates to a method and apparatus for improving power
amplifier
efficiency in wireless communication systems having variable transmit power in
a
large range and/or high peak to average power ratios.

Background of the Invention

[0002] Handheld wireless communication devices and other types of wireless
transmitters are typically powered by one or more internal batteries. A major
performance criterion for such devices is their battery life, which is
typically defined as
the time period for which the battery will power the device on a single
charge. A large
portion of battery power is consumed in a power amplifier section of the
wireless
device's transmitter. The power amplifier section amplifies the power of a
signal to be
transmitted from a comparatively low internal power level to a substantially
higher
power level required for wireless communication with remote base stations and
other
devices. Improving the power amplifier efficiency, or more generally the
transmitter
efficiency, would reduce power consumption and increase battery life.
[0003] Accordingly, there is a need for a system that provides improved power
amplifier efficiency, or more generally, improved transmitter efficiency.

Summary of the Invention

[0004] The invention provides a power management system that supplies a
variable power supply signal to a power amplification stage of an output power
amplification block of a wireless communications device. The desired power of
an
amplified transmission signal, that is produced by the power amplification
stage, is
estimated and used to vary the power supply voltage that is provided to the
output
power amplifier, to reduce power loss in the power amplification stage.
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Advantageously, the estimated desired power is adjusted according to at least
one
environmental information signal. For instance, at least one of a temperature
information signal, a battery condition signal and the operating frequency of
the
wireless communications device can be used to augment the estimated desired
power level to provide more accurate control of the power supply signal.
[0005] In a first aspect, the invention provides a power management system for
providing a variable power supply signal to an output power amplifier block in
a
wireless communication device. The power management system comprises an
average power and gain control block for providing a gain control signal and
an
average desired transmit power signal, the average desired transmit power
signal
being generated in response to at least one of a power control instruction
signal and
a received signal strength indicator signal; an environmental sensor unit for
providing
at least one environmental information signal; a power supply level adjustment
generator connected to the environmental sensor unit for providing a power
supply
level adjustment signal in response to a data parameter indication of a
baseband
outgoing data stream to be transmitted by the wireless communication device
and the
at least one environmental information signal; and, a power supply means
connected
to the average power and gain control block for providing the variable power
supply
signal to the output power amplifier block in response to a combination of the
average
desired transmit power signal and the power supply level adjustment signal or
a
combination of the gain control signal and an altered version of the power
supply level
adjustment signal.
[0006] The environmental sensor unit comprises at least one of a temperature
sensor for providing a temperature information signal as part of the at least
one
environmental information signal, the temperature information signal being
related to
the temperature of the hardware of the wireless communications device; and, a
battery condition sensor for providing a battery condition information signal
as part of
the at least one environmental information signal, the battery condition
information
signal being related to a battery used to power the wireless communication
device. A
frequency information signal related to the frequency at which the baseband
outgoing
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data stream will be transmitted may also be included as part of the
environmental
information signal.
[0007] The average power and gain control block may comprise an average
power level block for generating the average desired transmit power signal,
and a
gain control block connected to the average power level block for generating
the gain
control signal. Further, the power supply means includes a power supply
control block
for providing a power control signal and a switch converter connected to the
power
supply control block for providing the variable power supply signal in
response to the
power control signal, and wherein the power supply means is connected to the
power
supply level adjustment generator for providing the variable power supply
signal to the
output power amplifier block in response to a combination of the average
desired
transmit power signal and the power supply level adjustment signal.
[0008] Alternatively, the power supply level adjustment generator can produce
an altered version of the power supply level adjustment signal according to
the gain
control signal provided by the average power and gain control block, and the
power
supply means comprises: a summer connected to the average power and gain
control block and the power supply level adjustment generator for summing the
gain
control signal and the altered version of the power supply level adjustment
signal to
generate a first power control signal; a clipper connected to the summer for
receiving
the first power control signal and generating a second power control signal; a
switch
converter connected to the clipper for receiving the power control signal and
generating the variable power supply signal; and, a reverse mapper connected
to the
power supply level adjustment generator and the average power and gain control
block for receiving an environmental signal and an altered version of the gain
control
signal respectively and generating a clipper adjustment signal, the reverse
mapper
also being connected to the clipper for providing the clipper adjustment
signal to the
clipper for adjusting the performance of the clipper.
[0009] Preferably, the power supply means is configured to maintain the
variable power supply signal above a minimum voltage level. Further, the power
supply level adjustment generator may be implemented by a plurality of look-up
tables, wherein one look-up table is provided for each environmental
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signal and the data parameter indication, and the outputs of each look-up
table are
combined to generate the power supply level adjustment signal. Alternatively,
at least
one of the look-up tables may be implemented by a corresponding formula.
[0010] Further, the power supply block is calibrated by:
(i) transmitting the wireless device radio signals at a constant power level
from the wireless communication device while monitoring an Adjacent
Channel Power Ratio (ACPR);
(ii) reducing the magnitude of the variable power supply signal while
maintaining constant output power in the wireless device radio signals;
(iii) recording the magnitude of the variable power supply signal when the
ACPR has increased to a pre-specified design target;
(iv) increasing the output power of the wireless device radio signals and
repeating steps (i) to (iii) for several output power levels; and,
(v) computing an ideal transfer function for deriving the power control signal
for controlling the switch converter.
[0011] The power supply block may further be calibrated by:
(vi) repeating steps (i) to (v) for several different wireless communication
devices to obtain an average transfer function; and,
(vii) performing curve fitting on the average transfer function.
[0012] Further, the power supply level adjustment generator is calibrated by:
(viii) loading the power suppiy level adjustment generator with a value which
causes the output power ampiifier block to operate at a lowest
transmission power point;
(ix) calibrating the transmission power until the output power of the output
power amplifier block slightly exceeds a target power determined for a
power supply voltage level;
(x) interpolating the output value of the average power level block and
loading this interpolated output value, after adjustment by a reverse
mapper, into the power supply level adjustment generator;
(xi) adjusting the transmission power level to a value slightly below the
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(xii) increasing the value of the transmission power level and repeating
steps (viii) to (xi) until a maximum specified transmission power point is
reached.
[0013] In another aspect, the invention provides a method of supplying a
variable power supply signal to an output power amplifier block in a wireless
communications device that receives an incoming data stream from a base
station
radio signal and transmits an outgoing data stream in a wireless device radio
signal,
the method comprising:
(a) detecting at least one of a signal strength of the base station radio
signal to produce a received signal strength indicator signal, and a
power control instruction signal in the base station radio signal;
(b) generating an average desired transmit power signal in response to at
least one of the received signal strength indicator signal and the power
control instruction signal;
(c) generating at least one environmental information signal for obtaining
information about the environment of the wireless communications
device;
(d) generating a power supply level adjustment signal based on a data
parameter indication of a baseband outgoing data stream and the at
least one envirorimental information signal; and,
(e) combining one of the average desired transmit power signal and the
power supply level adjustment signal or a gain control signal and an
altered version of the power supply level adjustment signal to generate
the variable power supply signal, the gain control signal being derived
based on at least one of the received signal strength indicator signal
and the power control instruction signal, and providing the variable
power supply signal to the output power amplifier block.
[0014] Step (c) of the method preferably includes at least one of:
(i) generating a teniperature information signal related to the temperature
of the hardware of the wireless communications device and providing
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the temperature information signal as part of the at least one
environmental information signal;
(ii) generating a battery condition information signal related to a battery
used to power the wireless communications device and providing the
battery condition information signal as part of the at least one
environmental information signal; and,
(iii) generating a frequency information signal related to the frequency at
which the outgoing data stream is transmitted and providing the
frequency information signal as part of the at least one environmental
information signal.
[0015] Step (e) of the method may include:
(iv) combining the average desired transmit power signal and the power
supply level adjustment signal to generate a power control signal; and,
(v) converting the power control signal into the variable power supply
signal.
[0016] Alternatively, step (e) of the method may include:
(iv) adding an altered version of the power supply level adjustment
signal and the gain control signal to provide a first power control
signal, the altered version of the power supply level adjustment
signal being generated based on the derivation of the gain control
signal;
(v) clipping the first power control signal to provide a second power control
signal; and,
(vi) converting the second power control signal into the variable power
supply signal.

[0017] Step (v) includes providing a clipper adjustment signal to adjust
clipping
parameters, the clipper adjustment signal being generated in response to a
combination of an environmental signal and an altered version of the gain
control
signal. In addition, the method may further comprise maintaining the variable
power
supply signal above a minimum voltage level.

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Brief Description of the Drawings

[0018] For a better understanding of the invention and to show more clearly
how
it may be carried into effect, reference will now be made, by way of example
only, to the
accompanying drawings which show exemplary embodiments of the invention and in
which:
Figure 1 is a block diagram of an exemplary embodiment of a power
management system for a wireless communications device;
Figure 2 is more detailed block diagram of the power management system of
Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a graph illustrating the relationship between the instantaneous
maximum power required by a power amplifier of a wireless communication device
and the power supply provided to the power amplifier;
Figure 4 is a block diagram of another embodiment of a power management
system for a wireless communications device;
Figure 5 is a block diagram of another embodiment of a power management
system for a wireless communications device;
Figure 6 is a graph illustrating the relationship between a desired power
level
and a power control signal according to the embodiment of Figure 5;
Figure 7a is flow chart showing the steps of a first calibration method used
to
calibrate the power management system; and,
Figure 7b is a flow chart showing the steps of a second calibration method
used to calibrate the power management system.

Detailed Description of Exemplary Embodiments

[0019] In the following detailed description, numerous specific details are
set
forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the invention. However,
it will be
understood by those of ordinary skill in the art that the invention may be
practiced
without these specific details. In other instances, well-known methods,
procedures
and components have not been described in detail so as not to obscure the
invention.
[0020] As is well understood, a wireless communications device generates an
internal data signal that is transmitted using a radio transmitter. The data
signal is
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typically a comparatively low frequency signal that is generally referred to
as a
baseband signal. The baseband signal is mixed with a carrier signal having a
substantially higher frequency to produce a transmission signal. The
transmission
signal is amplified in one or more amplification stages of an output power
amplification block to produce an amplified transmission signal that is
sufficiently
powered so that it is received with little or no data loss at a remote base
station or
another communication device.
[0021] Typically, the amplification stages of the output power amplification
block
include a pre-amplification stage for producing a pre-amplified transmission
signal
and a power amplification stage for producing the amplified transmission
signal. The
amplification level of the pre-amplification stage is controlled using a gain
control
block which is typically implemented via a gain controller. The amplification
level is
generally set using various open and/or closed loop methods for determining
the
desired power level of the amplified transmission signal. The pre-amplified
transmission signal is then amplified again in the power amplification stage
to
generate the amplified transmission signal. The gain of the power
amplification stage
is typicaliy fixed but may vary with the power supply level. The power
amplification
stage is powered so that it can produce an amplified transmission signal that
has the
instantaneous maximum power that may be required for transmission.
[0022] The above power supply scheme for the power amplification stage may
be acceptable in a wireless device in which the amplified transmission signal
does
not have a large dynamic range of power levels, or in which the amplified
transmission signal has a very low peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR).
However, in
many cases, the amplified transmission signal has a large dynamic range of
power
levels, in order to accommodate a signal that has a high PAPR, or to
accommodate
different types of signals that may have different desired power levels and
different
PAPRs. The power amplification stage must be capable of generating an
amplified
transmission signal such that the highest instantaneous power level desired
for any
data type or data rate of the baseband data that is present in the amplified
transmission signal is always accommodated. Accordingly, in conventional power
management schemes, the power amplification stage is always provided with a
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maximum amount of power supply voltage that is sufficient for accommodating a
specified maximum instantaneous power level. However, much of the time, the
actual
instantaneous power level of the amplified transmission signal may be well
below the
specified maximum instantaneous power level thereby leading to inefficient
operation
of the power amplification stage during signal transmission. The excess power
supplied to the power amplifier is dissipated as heat or otherwise lost.
[0023] The invention provides a power management system that supplies a
variable power supply signal to a power amplification stage of an output power
amplification block of a wireless communications device. The desired power of
an
amplified transmission signal, that is produced by the power amplification
stage, is
estimated and used to vary the power supply level to the power amplifier to
reduce
power loss in the power amplification stage. Advantageously, to increase
accuracy,
the estimated desired power is also based on at least one environmental
information
signal as is further discussed below.
[0024] Reference is first made to Figure 1, which shows a block diagram of a
wireless communications device 10 having a data transmission block 12, an
antenna
14, a receiver 16 and a power management system 18. The wireless
communications device 10 may be any type of wireless communications device,
such
as an e-mail enabled personal data assistant, a cellular phone, a portable
computer,
etc. Figure 1 shows a first exemplary embodiment of the power management
system
18 according to the invention; other embodiments are shown in later Figures.
[0025] The data transmission block 12 includes a baseband device 20, an up-
conversion block 22, and an output power amplification block 24. The up-
conversion
block 22 includes a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) 26 and a mixer 28. The
output
power amplification block 24 includes a pre-amplifier 30, a filter 32 (which
is optional),
and a power amplifier 34. The pre-amplifier 30 and the filter 32 implement the
pre-
amplification stage and the power amplifier 34 implements the power
amplification
stage. The receiver 16 includes a power control data detector, as is commonly
known
to those skilled in the art, for providing power control information for the
output power
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[0026] The power management system 18 includes an average power and
gain control block 36, a power supply level adjustment generator 38, a data
parameter
detector 40 (which is optional), and a power supply means 42. The average
power
and gain control block 36 provides a gain control signal 44 to the pre-
amplifier 30 and
an average desired transmit power signal 46 to the power supply means 42. The
gain
control signal 44 is provided to the pre-amplifier 30 to control the gain of
the pre-
amplifier 30. The average desired transmit power signal 46 is generated based
on at
least one of a power control instruction signal 48 and a received signal
strength
indicator signal 50 that is provided by the receiver 16 based on signals
received by
the wireless communications device 10. The power supply means 42 also receives
a
power supply level adjustment signal 52 from the power supply level adjustment
generator 38 and combines the average desired transmit power signal 46 and the
power supply level adjustment signal 52 to provide a variable power supply
signal 54
to the power amplifier 34. Preferably, this operation is in response to input
changes
including the power control instruction signal 48 which is updated every 1.25
ms. The
power supply level adjustment generator 38 determines the additional
adjustment
provided by the power supply level adjustment signal 52 based on the data type
and
data rate of the data that is to be transmitted by the communications device
10. The
power supply level adjustment signal 52 can also preferably be varied
according to
other parameters such as environmental parameters and the like that are
described in
further detail below.
[0027] The wireless communication device 10 communicates with remote base
stations 58 and other devices through radio signals transmitted and received
by the
antenna 14. The base stations 58 transmit base station radio signals 60 that
are
received by the antenna 14 and processed by the receiver 16 to extract data
from
them, as is further described below. This data path may be referred to as the
forward
link. The wireless communications device 10 also transmits wireless device
radio
signals 62 to the base stations 58 from the antenna 14. The data path that
begins at
the wireless communications device 10 and ends at the base stations 58 may be
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[0028] In the forward link, the antenna 14 detects and receives one of the
base
station radio signals 60 and provides a received signal 64 to the receiver 16.
The
receiver 16 will typically include several functional blocks, as is commonly
known to
those skilled in the art, to convert the received signal 64 into a digital
signal and to
process the received signal 64 to remove noise, to perform down-conversion or
demodulation, and the like. In many communications systems, including the IS-
95
Code Domain Multiple Access (CDMA) standard and subsequent communications
standards, the base stations 58 may transmit a series of power control
instructions in
the power control instruction signal 48 as part of the received signal 64. The
power
control instruction signal 48 instructs the power management system 18 to
increase
or decrease the power of the transmitted wireless device radio signals 62. In
one
standard, the power control instruction signals 48 are sent in the form of
data bits and
may be received at a rate of 800 power control bits per second. One of the
base
stations 58 will send the power control instruction signal 48 based on the
quality of
the wireless device radio signals 62 received by the base station 58 from the
wireless
communications device 10. If the wireless device radio signal 62 is received
with
sufficient power to allow it to be decoded and used, then the base station 58
may
instruct the wireless communications device 10 to maintain or reduce the power
of
the wireless device radio signal 62. If the wireless device radio signal 62 is
marginal
or is too weak to be used, the base station 58 may instruct the wireless
communications device 10 to increase the power of the wireless device radio
signal
62. This type of power control is typically referred to as reverse link closed
loop power
control.
[0029] Some wireless communication systems, including systems which
operate under the IS-95 CDMA standard and subsequent standards, may also use
reverse link open loop power control. Open loop power control is performed by
measuring the signal strength of the base station radio signal 60 received by
the
wireless communications device 10. If the signal strength of the base station
radio
signal 60 is high, then it is assumed that the wireless communications device
10 may
transmit the wireless device radio signal 62 with lower strength and
conversely, if the
signal strength of the base station radio signal 62 is low, then it is assumed
that the
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wireless device radio signal 62 must be stronger to reach the base radio
station 58 in
a usable form. This open loop power control is based on the assumptions that:
(i) the
base radio station 58 is transmitting the base station radio signal 60 with
approximately constant signal strength; and, (ii) the attenuation of the base
station
radio signal 58 in the forward link will be about the same as the attenuation
of the
wireless device radio signal 62 in the reverse link.
[0030] The embodiments of the invention described herein are configured to
operate according to an open and closed loop power control scheme. The
embodiments of the invention can be configured to operate according to an open
loop
power control scheme by having the receiver 16 measure the signal strength of
the
received signal 64 to provide the received signal strength indicator signal
50.
Accordingly, the received signal strength indicator signal 50 corresponds to
the signal
strength of the base station radio signal 60. In this case, the power control
instructions can be a combination of the open loop power instructions (derived
from
the received signal strength indicator signal 50) and closed loop power
control bits
that are encoded in the control channel in the received base station radio
signals 60.
In the absence of closed loop corrections the power control is based solely on
the
received signal strength indicator signal 50.
[0031] Various detailed embodiments of the power management system 18
that operate according to an open and closed loop power control scheme will
now be
discussed. Components that are identified with similar numbers in each of the
embodiments work in a similar fashion unless otherwise specified. Referring
now to
Figure 2, the average power and gain control block 36 includes an average
power
level block 66 and a gain control block 68. Further, the power supply means 42
includes a power supply control block 70 and a switch converter 72.
[0032] The receiver 16 extracts the power control instruction signal 48 and
passes the signal 48 to the average power level block 66. The receiver 16 also
generates the received signal strength indicator signal 50 and passes the
signal 50
to the average power level block 66. The average power level block 66 combines
the
power control instruction signal 48 and the received signal strength indicator
signal
50 to calculate an average desired transmit power signal 46 for the wireless
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radio signal 62. Typically, the received signal strength indicator signal 50
is used to
set an initial power level when radio communication is established between the
wireless communications device 10 and one of the base stations 58. As the
wireless
communications device 10 is moved from place to place, it may communicate with
different base stations 58 and a seamless "hand-off" between the base stations
58 is
desirable. To facilitate this "hand-off', when the wireless communications
device 10
initially begins communicating with a new base station 58, the average power
level
block 66 relies on the received signal strength indicator signal 50 to
approximate the
average desired transmit power signal 46. During ongoing communication between
the wireless communications device 10 and the base stations 58, the average
desired transmit power signal 46 is refined as instructions in the power
control
instruction signal 48 are received from the base stations 58. The power
control bits
are "up" and "down" instructions which are time integrated and added to the
open
loop power. Over time, the average desired transmit power signal 46 may be
refined
quite precisely to provide a balance between sufficient power so that the
wireless
device radio signal 62 may be received by one of the base stations 58 in a
usable
form (i.e. it is not corrupted or undecodable due to interference from other
signals or
due to having a low signal strength) and so that the wireless device radio
signal 62
does not interfere with other devices communicating with the base station 58
or other
communication devices.
[0033] The baseband device 20 generates a baseband outgoing data stream
76 to be transmitted to one of the base stations 58. Depending on the type of
service
that the baseband device 20 supports, the outgoing data stream 76 may include
only
one type of data or may have different types of data at different times. For
example,
some wireless communication devices provide multiple functions including e-
mail
communication, text messaging, voice communication and other extended
services.
Different services may use different encoding and modulation methods that have
different PAPR characteristics. For example, in CDMA, even low data rate
traffic has a
high PAPR after data modulation. As the data rate increases, the PAPR
increases
further. The data parameter detector 40 detects the type of data in the
baseband
outgoing data stream 76 in real-time and provides the data parameter
indication to
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the power supply level adjustment generator 38. Alternatively, and more
preferably, the
data parameter indication can be provided directly to the power supply level
adjustment generator 38 by the baseband device 20 in real-time. Hence, the
solid
arrow connecting the baseband device 20 to the power supply level adjustment
generator 38 and the use of dotted lines for the data parameter detector 40
and the
corresponding connections. 'The data parameter indication includes information
on
the type of data, the data modulation and the data rate in the baseband
outgoing data
stream 76.
[0034] The baseband outgoing data stream 76 is processed by the up-
conversion block 22 to convert it into a corresponding analog output signal
78. The
DAC 26 first converts the baseband outgoing data stream 76 into an analog
signal.
The analog signal is then mixed with a carrier frequency by the mixer 28 to
produce
the analog output signal 78 which is now in the radio frequency range rather
than the
baseband. The mixing may be accomplished in a single step or in multiple
steps,
depending on the implementation, as is commonly known by those skilled in the
art.
Filtering may also be used. The carrier frequency is determined by the
communications standard under which the wireless communications device 10
operates, which is well understood by those skilled in the art. In addition,
it should be
noted that many wireless devices, including the exemplary wireless
communications
device 10, are capable of transmitting a wireless device radio signal 62 in
more than
one frequency band, and within more than one channel within each frequency
band.
[0035] The power supply level adjustment generator 38 uses the data
parameter indication of the baseband outgoing data stream 76 to determine the
power supply level adjustment signal 52. In the present embodiment, the power
supply level adjustment generator includes a PAPR mapper which may be
implemented by a look-up table. The look-up table is a discrete look-up table
that is
pre-computed by conducting tests on a prototype wireless communication device.
Specifically, a value for a data parameter is selected, such as a particular
data rate
test value, and given a fixed power supply level for the power amplifier 34,
the
headroom is observed. A power supply level adjustment value is then selected
to
reduce the headroom to a minimal level. The adjustment value is then entered
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the look-up table and associated with the particular data rate test value.
During
operation, the data parameter indication (i.e. data type, data rate and data
modulation)
are then used as indices into the look-up table to look up a value for the
power supply
level adjustment signal 52. The power supply level adjustment signal 52
typically has
a higher than nominal value if the data type requires a high data bandwidth
for
transmission. The power level adjustment signal 52 can also be varied based on
environmental factors which are described in further detail below. The power
level
adjustment signal 52 is also adjusted at the upper and lower edges of the
frequency
band in which the wireless device radio signals 62 are transmitted due to the
characteristics of the transmit chain. For exemplary purposes, the power level
adjustment signal 52 may range from 0 to 9 dB depending on the data type at a
slew
rate of 800 dB/second.
[0036] Typically, the manufacturer or vendor of the wireless communications
device 10 will configure a PAPR mapper in the power supply level adjustment
generator 38 to provide suitable values for the power level adjustment signal
52 for
different data types, data modulation and data rate as well as other
parameters that
are further described below. The PAPR mapper is discussed in further detail
below.
This is accomplished by following a calibration method that is described in
further
detail below.
[0037] In an alternative embodiment of the invention, the PAPR mapper may be
implemented using a formula based on the relationship between the various
inputs to
the power supply level adjustment generator 38 and the corresponding value of
the
power level adjustment signal 52 rather than using a look-up table.
[0038] The average desired transmit power signal 46 is supplied to the gain
control block 68, which converts the average desired transmit power signal 46
into a
gain control signal 44. The gain control block 68 may be implemented as a look-
up
table that has been calibrated to achieve a desired average transmitted power
level at
the antenna 14 that is in accordance with the average desired transmit power
signal
46. The look-up table in the gain control block 68 compensates for both non-
linearities in the control characteristic of the pre-amplifier 30 and the gain
variation of
the power amplifier 34 that is caused by the change in the power supply
voltage levei
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that is provided to the power amplifier 34. The content of the look-up table
is written
during factory calibration of the wireless communications device 10 based on
the
received signal strength indicator signal 50 and the observed transmitter
power at the
device's antenna port. Gain values in the look-up table are calculated based
on the
received signal strength indicator signal 50 which are then offset by the
control bits in
the power control instruction signal 48. During operation, linear
interpolation can be
performed for values within the table.
[0039] The pre-amplifier 30 receives the analog output signal 78 and amplifies
under the control of the gain control signal 44 to produce a pre-amplified
transmission signal 82. The gain control signal 44 is generated so that an
increase
or decrease in the average desired transmit power signal 46 produces a log-
linear
increase or decrease in the amplification of the output power amplifier block
24,
through adjusting the gain of the pre-amplifier 30.
[0040] The pre-amplified transmission signal 82 is filtered by the filter 32
to
produce a filtered transmission signal 84. The filter 32 removes noise that is
introduced into the pre-amplified transmission signal 82 by the pre-amplifier
30 and
prior stages of the wireless communications device 10. The specific
characteristics of
the filter 32 such as the passband frequency range, the filter order and the
like, will
depend on the specific pre-amplifier 30 and the prior stages that are used in
the
wireless communications de'vice 10. A skilled person in the art will be
capable of
selecting appropriate parameters for the filter 32. It should be noted that
the filter 32 is
optional and may be omitted in cases where the pre-amplified transmission
signal 82
is sufficiently free of noise.
[0041] The filtered transmission signal 84 is amplified by the power amplifier
34 to provide an amplified transmission signal 86. The amplified transmission
signal
86 is transmitted by the antenna 14 as the wireless device radio signal 62.
The
amplified transmission signal 86 has sufficient power so that it may be
received by
any one of the base stations 58 in a form that is receivable and decodable to
re-create
the baseband outgoing data stream 76.
[0042] The average and peak power levels of the amplified transmission signal
86 vary over time. As the average desired transmit power signal 46 varies, the
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amplitude of the pre-amplified transmission signal 82 will vary. The power
amplifier
34 will typically have a constant gain factor and accordingly, the amplified
transmission signal 86 will also have a time-varying average power level. The
power
amplifier 34 may also have a gain factor that varies with the power supply
voltage
level, but this variation may be compensated using calibration tables as is
well known
in the art. When the analog output signal 78 has a high PAPR, the
instantaneous
power level of the amplified transmission signal 86 will also vary. At any
point in time,
the power amplifier 34 requires sufficient power to operate its internal
electronics and
to produce the amplified transmission signal 86. When the amplified
transmission
signal 86 has its maximum instantaneous power level (i.e. during a maximum
peak of
the amplified transmission signal 86 which corresponds with the highest
possible
value for the average desired transmit power signal 46), the power amplifier
34 must
still have at least some headroom to ensure that the amplified transmission
signal 86
is not clipped at its peaks. One reason for the significant power loss that
occurs in the
output power amplifier block 24 of the wireless communication device 10 is
that the
amplified transmission signal 86 is rarely at this maximum level and is
usually at a
much lower power level. The excess headroom between the power supply level
provided to the power amplifier 34 and the magnitude of the amplified
transmission
signal 86 is dissipated as heat.
[0043] To avoid this power loss, the power supply level adjustment signal 52
and the average desired transmit power signal 46 are combined by the power
supply
control block 70 to generate a power control signal 90, which may be a pulse
width
modulated or pulse density modulated signal. The power control signal 90 is
converted into the variable power supply signal 54, which is an analog signal,
by the
switch converter 72. The variable power supply signal 54 is the source of
power
supply for the power amplifier 34. The variable power supply signal 54 has a
magnitude such that there is a small, yet sufficient, amount of headroom above
the
maximum instantaneous power required to produce the amplified transmission
signal 86 with a desired quality and for the power amplifier 34 to
sufficiently operate
its internal electronics. An exemplary value for the required headroom is on
the order
of 1 to 3 dB. As manufacturing consistency increases for manufacturing the
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components of the wireless communications device 10 and the power management
system 18, the headroom can be reduced.
[0044] Referring now to Figure 3, shown therein is a graph of an exemplary
relationship between the instantaneous maximum power required by the power
amplifier 34 to produce the amplified transmission signal 86 and the variable
power
supply signal 54. This relationship may vary depending on the implementation
of the
power management system 18 and the components used in the wireless
communications device 10. The variabie power supply signal 54 is generally
slightly
greater than a minimum voltage level 92 required by the power amplifier 34 at
any
point in time to produce the amplified transmission signal 86 with a
predefined
required quality. The variable power supply signal 54 will vary in time,
corresponding
to changes in the average desired transmit power signal 46 and changes in the
data
parameter indication of the baseband outgoing data stream 76 being transmitted
by
the wireless communications device 10. In another embodiment of the power
management system 18, the variable power supply signal 54 will also preferably
vary
due to changes in the environment of the wireless communications device 10
(such
as temperature), changes in condition of the battery that powers the wireless
communications device and changes in the frequency range in which the wireless
device radio signal 62 is being transmitted.
[0045] As previously mentioned, the variable power supply signal 54 has a
minimum voltage level 92, which is selected to ensure that even when the
instantaneous maximum power required by the power amplifier 34 to generate the
amplified transmission signal 86 is low, sufficient power is supplied to the
power
amplifier 34 to keep it stable and to keep its internal electronics
functioning. The
minimum voltage level 92 may be maintained by the power supply control block
70(which can maintain the power control signal 90 above the minimum voltage
level
92) or the switch converter 72 which can directly maintain the variable power
supply
signal 54 above the minimum voltage level 92. An exemplary range of values for
the
minimum voltage level is 0.9 to 1.4 Volts depending on the design of the power
amplifier 34.

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[0046] The power management system 18 reduces the headroom between the
level of the variable power supply signal 54 that is supplied to the power
amplifier 34
and the supply power required for the power amplifier 34 to generate the
amplified
transmission signal 86 without clipping. This reduction in headroom reduces
the
amount of power dissipated in the power amplifier as heat. Overall, the
reduced
power loss can substantially improve the power efficiency and battery life for
the
wireless communications device 10, since one of the largest areas of power
loss in
many wireless devices is excess power headroom in the power amplifier.
[0047] The power management system 18 may be modified in various ways
within the scope of the invention. For instance, in some cases, it may be
desirable to
apply an analog power supply signal to the switch converter 72. To do so, a
DAC may
be coupled between the power supply control block 70 and the switch converter
72.
This is done when the switch converter control 72 is analog. In addition, it
may be
desirable to filter high frequency noise from the variable power supply signal
54,
particularly if a DAC is used to produce an analog power supply signal. This
may
particularly be required if a delta-sigma converter is used to make the D/A
conversion,
rather than a linear DAC. The filter in this case may be inserted at the input
of the
switch converter 72.
[0048] In another alternative embodiment of the invention, it may be desirable
to
insert a buffer (not shown) to temporally align the variable power supply
signal 54 and
the filtered transmission signal 84 at the power amplifier 34 (i.e. the supply
voltage to
the power amplifier 34 is preferably updated at the same rate as the updating
of the
gain control signal 44). If the data path between the output of the baseband
device 20
and the input of the power supply control block 70 delays the variable power
supply
signal 54 in comparison to the arrival of the data at the input of the power
amplifier 34,
it is possible that at times, the power amplifier 34 may not have sufficient
headroom to
produce the amplified transrriission signal 86. To synchronize the variable
power
supply signal 54 and the filtered transmission signal 84, a data buffer (not
shown)
may be inserted between the baseband device 20 and the DAC 26, after the point
at
which the baseband device 20 is connected to the power management system 18.
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The buffer may be configured to introduce an appropriate delay, based on the
delay
introduced by the various elements of the power management system 18.
[0049] Referring now to Figure 4, shown therein is an alternative embodiment
of a power management system 18' which includes an environmental sensor unit
93
that is connected to the power supply level adjustment generator 38 for
providing at
least one environmental information signal. The environmental sensor unit 93
includes one or more environmental sensors for sensing variations in
parameters
that can affect the characteristics of the power amplifier 34 and hence the
level of the
variable power supply signal 54. For instance, the level of the variable power
supply
signal 54 in response to the ambient temperature of the wireless
communications
device 10, the condition of the battery that powers the wireless
communications
device 10 and/or the frequency at which the wireless device radio signal 62 is
transmitted.
[0050] The environmental sensor unit 93 can include a temperature sensor 94
for sensing the ambient temperate of the hardware of the wireless
communications
device 10 and provide a temperature information signal 96 to the power supply
level
adjustment generator 38. The temperature information signal 96 will preferably
be in
a digital form. If the temperature sensor 94 provides analog temperature
information,
an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) may be coupled between the temperature
sensor
94 and the power supply level adjustment generator 38 to convert the analog
temperature information signal 96 into a digital temperature information
signal. The
temperature information signal 96 may be passed to the power supply level
adjustment generator 38 using shared memory or any other data transfer
mechanism
commonly known to those skilled in the art.
[0051] The environmental sensor unit 93 can include a battery condition sensor
98 for sensing the charge level of the battery that is used to power the
wireless
communications device 10 to provide a battery condition information signal 100
to the
power supply level adjustment generator 38. As in the case of the temperature
sensor
94, an ADC may be used to convert an analog battery condition information
signal into
a corresponding digital battery condition information signal. Further, the
digital battery
condition information signal 100 may be passed to the power supply level
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generator 38 using techniques known to those skilled in the art. The battery
condition
is sensed so that the power supply level of the power amplifier 34 can be
increased in
the event that the analog output signal 78 that is passing through the output
power
amplifier block 24 has a high PAPR. In this case, adjustments are made to the
power
supply level adjustment signal 52 to compensate for the anticipated
compression due
to the lower charge of the battery.
[0052] The environmental sensor unit 93 can also provide a frequency
information signal 104 to provide information on the operating (i.e.
transmission)
frequency of the wireless device radio signals 62 to the power supply level
adjustment
generator 38. The operating frequency can be obtained from the baseband device
20
or the up-conversion block 22. As in the case of the temperature sensor 94 and
the
battery condition sensor 98, an ADC may be used to provide the frequency
information
signal 104 as a corresponding digital frequency information signal.
[0053] The power supply level adjustment generator 38 combines the data
parameter indication of the baseband outgoing data stream 76 with at least one
of the
temperature information signal 96, the battery condition information signal
100 and
the frequency information signal 104 to determine the power supply level
adjustment
signal 52. In this case, the power supply level adjustment generator 38 can
utilize a
multi-dimensional look-up table. To reduce complexity a two-dimensional look-
up
table may be used. The data parameter indication, temperature information
signal 96,
battery condition information signal 100 and the frequency information signal
104 are
used as indices into the look-up table to look up a value for the power supply
level
adjustment signal 52. Alternatively, the content of the look-up table can be
updated
when there are changes in the operating frequency channel or temperature. The
effects of frequency and temperature are used to scale the contents of the two-

dimensional look-up table by +/- a few dB. In another alternative, there can
be a
plurality of PAPR mappers, with one PAPR mapper being provided for the
temperature
information signal, one PAPR mapper being provided for the battery condition
information signal and one PAPR mapper being provided for the operating
frequency.
In this case, the outputs of the PAPR mappers, which are in units of dB, can
be added
together to obtain the power supply level adjustment signal 52. Logarithmic
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combination may be used if the amplitude of the outputs of the PAPR mapper are
not
in dB. In either case, factory calibration is done to determine the effect of
the
environmental parameters on the power supply level adjustment value. For
instance,
the device 10 can be put into an environmental chamber and the temperature
adjusted to a certain value to determine the effect on the power supply level
adjustment value for a certain data parameter value. With regards to battery
condition,
the level of the battery of the device 10 can be adjusted to different values
to determine
the effect on the power supply level adjustment value for a certain data
parameter
value. With regards to operating frequency, the transmission frequency can be
varied
to determine the effect on the power supply level adjustment value for a
certain data
parameter value.
[0054] The power supply level adjustment signal 52 is typically larger than a
nominal value if (a) the data parameter indicates a high data bandwidth for
transmission; (b) the temperature increases; or (c) the charge level of the
battery
decreases. Collectively, the adjustment due to temperature, battery condition
and
operating frequency can have a substantial effect on the value of the power
supply
level adjustment signal 52.
[0055] The power supply level adjustment generator 38 is configured to provide
suitable values for the power supply level adjustment signal 52 for different
data
types, data modulation and data rate as well as environmental information
(i.e.
temperature and battery), frequency information. The power supply level
adjustment
signal 52 is typically on the order of +/- 1-3 dB for a temperature variation,
+/- 1 dB for
battery level variation and +/- 1-3 dB for a transmission frequency variation.
[0056] Some embodiments of the invention may be implemented in a power
management system 18" that does not allow access to the average desired
transmit
power signal 46. Figure 5 illustrates an alternative embodiment for the power
management system 18" in which the average power and gain control block 36 is
implemented as a single block. As a result, the average desired transmit power
signal 46 is not available as an input for the power supply means 42. In
addition, the
average power and gain control block 36 operates as a hybrid of a lookup table
and
an interpolator. The power control instruction signal 48 and the received
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strength indicator signal 50 indicate a desired average supply power level as
described previously. The average power and gain control block 36 provides the
gain
control signal 44 in response to the desired average supply power level.
[0057] In this case, the power supply means 42 comprises a summer 110, a
reverse mapper 112, a clipper 114 and the switch converter 72. The summer 110
receives the gain control signal 44 and an altered version of the power supply
level
adjustment signal 52' to provide a first power control signal 90'. The altered
version of
the power supply level adjustment signal 52' is provided by the power supply
level
adjustment generator 38' so that the power supply level adjustment signal 52'
can be
directly summed with the gain control signal 44. Typically, the gain control
signal 44
has units of Volts and the power supply level adjustment signal 52 has units
of dB so
that these two signals cannot be directly summed together. Accordingly, the
power
supply level adjustment generator 38' scales the power supply level adjustment
signal
52 to provide the altered signal 52'. In particular, the scaling is done based
on the
generation of the gain control signal 44 in the average power and gain control
block
36 which depends on parameters that define the look-up table in the average
power
and gain control block 36. These parameters are known prior to the commercial
use of
the wireless communications device 10 and hence are available for use in the
power
supply level adjustment generator 38'.
[0058] The first power control signal 90' is then provided to the clipper 114
which has a positive and negative saturation value and a slope that connects
these two values. The clipper 114 operates on the first power control signal
90' to
provide a second power control signal 90" to the switch converter 72. The
switch
converter 72 then generates the variable power supply signal 54 as previously
described. A DAC may also be used as described previously.
[0059] The clipper 114 may clip the first power control signal 90' or
attenuate/compress the first power control signal 90' according to the slope,
based on
the magnitude of the first power control signal 90'. The positive and negative
saturation values and the slope of the clipper 114 can be varied in response
to the
operation of the power management system 118". In particular, the look-up
table that
is used in the average power and gain control block 36 and the environmental
information 116 that is provided by the environmental sensor unit 93 via the
power
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supply level adjustment generator 38' can be used to vary the positive and
negative
saturation values and the slope of the clipper 114. In particular, the
environmental
information 116 and an altered version of the gain control signal 44' are
provided to
the reverse mapper 112 which then provides a clipper adjustment signal 118 to
the
clipper 114. The contents of the signal 44' are derived from the data in the
look-up
table of block 36. The connection lines are shown as dash-dotted lines since
the
adjustment of the clipper due to the signals 44 and 116 occurs at a slower
rate
compared to the rate of change of the power supply level adjustment signal
52'. In
particular, the modification occurs when there is a change in the look-up
table used in
block 36 or when there is a substantial change in the environmental
information 116
(i.e. there is a drastic change in temperature or a hand-off in transmission
frequency).
For instance, the maximum saturation value is related to operating frequency.
The
clipper 114 is modified in this fashion to optimize the variable power supply
signal 54
and hence the power savings in the power amplifier 34. The summer 110, clipper
114
and the switch converter 72 are preferably implemented via hardware and the
reverse
mapper 112 is preferably implemented via software, although other
implementations
for these blocks is possible.
[0060] Figure 6 illustrates the operation of the average power and gain block
36. As the average desired power supply level rises and falls, the average
power and
gain control block 36 either selects a pre-determined value (identified by
solid dots) or
interpolates between pre-determined values to calculate a value for gain
control signal
44. Preferably, the average power and gain control block selects the closest
pre-
determined value when generating the gain control value 44 to avoid
interpolation
errors. In practice, the range associated with Figure 6 is about -52 to 26
dBm. The
predetermined values are programmed into the average power and gain block 36
by a
manufacturer, vendor or operator of the wireless communications device 10.
[0061] The power management system 18" provides a practical
implementation of the invention that may be used with commercially available
baseband chipsets in a device in which the average desired transmit power
signal 46
is not available as an input to the power supply means 42.

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[0062] In each of the embodiments of the invention shown herein, the PAPR
mapper may provide a value for the power supply level adjustment signal every
20
ms. In some cases, a value for the power supply level adjustment signal may be
provided every 5 ms. Further, in some cases, it is preferable to update the
supply
voltage of the power amplifier 34 every 1.25 ms to guarantee that the ACPR
(adjacent
channel power ratio) limits are never violated. In addition, the mapping that
is
performed by the power supply level adjustment generator 38 is such that the
transition from a low power supply voltage to a high power supply voltage for
the
power amplifier 34 is a consistent and smooth function of the desired average
power
level to reduce non-linearities that are introduced by the various embodiments
of the
power management system 18.
[0063] As shown in Figure 3, the power supply control block 70 applies a
linear
transformation to a combination of the average desired transmit power signal
46 and
the power supply level adjustment signal 52. The transformation is applied via
a look-
up table or via an equation. The equation can be implemented in software or
hardware. The exact shape of the transformation is adjusted to tune
performance and
production yield. Accordingly, the power supply control block 70 is preferably
calibrated before use.
[0064] Referring now to Figure 7a, shown therein is a flowchart showing the
steps of a power supply block calibration method 120. The calibration is done
at a
given reference temperature, and a given reference battery condition that are
arbitrarily
chosen. The baseband device 20 is configured to transmit at an arbitrarily
chosen
reference transmission frequency. The power supply level adjustment value
generator
38 is then configured such that the contributions from the reference
temperature,
reference battery condition and reference frequency is set to zero. The first
step 122 of
the calibration method is to transmit the wireless device radio signals 62 at
a
constant power level while the ACPR is monitored. The next step 124 is to
reduce the
magnitude of the variable power supply signal 54 to the power amplifier 34
while
maintaining constant output power in the wireless device radio signals 62.
This is
done by increasing the input drive to the power amplifier 34 as the supply
voltage to
the power amplifier 34 is decreased to maintain constant output power. The
next step
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126 is to note the magnitude of the variable power supply level signal 54 when
the
ACPR has increased to a pre-specified design target. The ACPR is defined as
the
ratio of the power at 1.25MHz offset within a 30kHz bandwidth to the power in
the
carrier. As the linearity of the power amplifier 34 is reduced by starving its
power
supply the compression artifacts increase. The next step 128 in the
calibration
method 120 is to increase the output power of the wireless device radio
signals 62
and to repeat steps 122, 124 and 126. The step size that is used to determine
the next
power level depends on the implementation of the power amplifier 34 and those
skilled in the art will understand how to select the step size. Step 128 is
repeated for
several output power levels. The number of output power levels that are used
for
calibration depends on the implementation of the power amplifier. Typically,
three,
well-spaced output power levels can be used for calibration.
[0065] The next step 130 is to use the control curves of the switching
converter
72 and the minimum voltage level 92 to compute an ideal transfer function that
is
required to derive the digital power signal 90 for controlling the switch
converter 72.
The ideal transfer function is related to the look-up table used in the
average power
and gain control block 36 or the gain control block 68. The construction of
the look-up
table was previously described. The next step 132 is to repeat steps 122 to
130 for
several different wireless communication devices to obtain an average transfer
function.
[0066] The next step 134 is to perform curve fitting on the average transfer
function. One way to accomplish this is by fitting a linear line to the
average transfer
function by adjusting the slope and the intercept of the straight line to fit
the average
transfer function with minimal error. The slope that is determined is used by
the
power supply control block 70 as one of the parameters for varying the power
supply
bias voltage, the ramp slope or the idle bias current. The intercept is set by
the
breakeven power of the output amplifier block 24 which is the point at which
further
reduction in the variable power supply signal 54 to the power amplifier 34
(and
consequently gain) causes the earlier stages in the output amplifier block 24
to use
so much additional power that the total power consumption of the wireless
communications device 10 is increased. The intercept coincides with the
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voltage level 92. The parameters determined by curve fitting is then used to
create a
look-up tabie for the power supply block 70.
[0067] Referring now to Figure 7b, shown therein is a flowchart showing the
steps of a power supply level adjustment generator calibration method 140. The
calibration method 140 is preferably performed on a per device basis during
factory
calibration to account for variations in production tolerance and deviations
from the
average transfer function model that was obtained for the power supply control
block
70. The first step 142 of the calibration method 140 is to load the power
supply
adjustment level generator 38 with a value that causes the switching converter
72 to
operate at its minimum output voltage. This allows the calibration method 140
to start
at the lowest transmission power point of the wireless communications device
10.
[0068] The next step 144 is to calibrate the transmission power using the
usual
procedure according to the transmission power point defined in step 142. The
usual
procedure involves increasing the automatic gain control of the device 10 over
a
predefined "safe" range and recording the transmitter output power.
Preferably, half of
the range is calibrated first. This is done until the output power of the
wireless
communications device slightly exceeds a target power as determined for the
set
supply voltage. The target power is obtained during characterization of the
wireless
communication device 10 as is commonly known to those skilled in the art. The
characterization will depend on the manufacturer of the components of the
output
power amplifier block 24. The target power is the breakeven point that is
determined
by reducing the power supply level to the power amplifier 34 and determining
the point
at which the pre-drive circuitry consumes so much power that the savings in
power
amplifier power dissipation (by reducing headroom) is mitigated.
[0069] The next step 146 is to interpolate the output value of the average
power
and gain control block 36 and load this interpolated output value, after
appropriate
adjustment by the reverse mapper 112, into the power supply level adjustment
generator 38. The next step 148 is to adjust the transmission power level to a
value
that is slightly below the target power.
[0070] The next step 150 is to increase the value of the transmission power
level and repeat steps 142 to 148 of the calibration method 140. The
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method 140 is continually repeated until a maximum specified transmission
power
point is reached.

[0071] The invention has been described here by way of example only. Various
modifications and variations may be made to these exemplary embodiments
without
departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, which is limited only by
the
appended claims.

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